We are at the halfway point of the WTBU Sports Fantasy League’s season. This week will be the least fluid and shocking week of our power rankings, with no team moving up or down more than one spot. This sets up several great matchups that could shake things up heading into next week. With that, let’s look at the Week 8 power rankings.
No. 10: Baby Chark (1-6) — Ethan Fuller [Last Week: 10]
Added: WR Antonio Brown (Free Agency), WR Cole Beasley (Waivers), WR Sterling Shepard (Waivers), WR Randall Cobb (Waivers), RB Damien Harris (Waivers), Chargers D/ST (Free Agency)
Dropped: TE Eric Ebron (Waivers), WR Demarcus Robinson (Waivers), WR Keelan Cole Sr. (Waivers), WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Waivers), RB Devin Singletary (Waivers), Browns D/ST (Waivers)
Ethan’s team continues to descend to new lows week after week. This week featured another underwhelming performance from Josh Allen, another week without Michael Thomas, and no other player on his team reaching double-digits. Cole Beasley and Sterling Shepard are decent additions to the receiving corps, but his trio of RBs of Justin Jackson, Darrell Henderson Jr., and Damien Harris are all puzzling players to gauge. They could all easily carry their offenses this week, or total about ten points between the three of them. Between all that and a host of tough matchups for his players, Ethan’s team must remain at No. 10.
No. 9: The Flavortown Trash Can Lids (2-5) — Akshai Wadhwani [Last Week: 9]
Added: K Mason Crosby (Free Agency), Packers D/ST (Free Agency), RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Trade), RB Leonard Fournette (Trade)
Dropped: Patriots D/ST (Waivers), RB Todd Gurley II (Trade), K Rodrigo Blankenship (Waivers)
Yes, Akshai’s team nearly reached 150 points last week. Yes, Todd Gurley II, Aaron Rodgers and of course Tyler Lockett (who had 200 receiving yards, 3 TDs and 53 points) all had strong weeks. However, Lockett will not put up a game like that this week, Tom Brady faces an intriguing matchup against the Giants without Chris Godwin, and his bench looks very weak this week should anything arise. A matchup with Baby Chark should warrant an easy win, but Akshai’s team still remains at No. 9.
No. 8: Happy Golladays (3-4) — Daniel Multz [Last Week: 8]
Added: TE Austion Hooper (Waivers, later dropped) TE Rob Gronkowski (Waivers), K Joey Slye (Free Agency), RB Devin Singletary (Free Agency)
Dropped: K Greg Zuerlein (Waivers), RB James White (Waivers)
Time to admit it right out of the gate: trading for Cam Newton was unbelievably dumb. With the Patriots trending further and further down, without Tyler Boyd and with a wasted week at the QB position, the only positive I take away from last week’s performance is that Rob Gronkowski’s resurgence continued as he found the endzone once again. Fortunately at least, Lamar Jackson and Myles Gaskin return from byes.
CeeDee Lamb struggled as the Cowboys’ offense flatlined, and Josh Jacobs had another tough game against a lethal Tampa Bay rush defense. I now possess a shockingly difficult TE decision with Mark Andrews returning, along with no James Robinson, a possibility of Jacobs being hurt, and a mixed bag of easy, ‘meh,’ and tough matchups for my players. With Suh-Tang Clan waiting, my team can’t move anywhere.
No. 7: Philadelphia Pigeons (2-5) — Ben Silver [Last Week: 7]
Added: QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Free Agency)
Dropped: WR Travis Fulgham (Waivers)
I have no idea why Ben dropped Travis Fulgham from his roster. The second-year receiver remains the top target for Carson Wentz as the Eagles press on with their long list of injuries. The good news is that Ben’s players face largely easy matchups: namely Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen and Stefon Diggs. Ben’s team could easily have another explosive week, but with Senior on J.V. lurking and remaining a big threat in the league, his team has to stay put at No. 7.
No. 6: These Ladies Love Sosi (3-4) — Perry Sosi [Last Week: 6]
Perry’s team benefits both from an elite game from Justin Herbert, and the bad trade made by Happy Golladays that gave him a potential top-10 receiver. However, he chose not to start Tyler Boyd, Ezekiel Elliot fell flat like the whole Cowboys team, Chase Claypool fell to nearly non-existent with Diontae Johnson returning for the Steelers, and Travis Kelce suffered from the Chiefs playing ahead most of their game.
His receivers are now an elite group, but his RBs are now seriously questionable. All told, The Phillips Heads pose a tough matchup for his team, and that’s why Perry’s team stays at No. 6.
No. 5: Suh-Tang Clan (4-3) — Patrick Donnelly [Last Week: 4]
Added: RB David Montgomery (Trade), RB J.D. McKissic (Free Agency)
Dropped: WR Jerry Jeudy (Trade), RB Kenyan Drake (Trade)
Patrick’s team cruised to a win by dominating Baby Chark. With a 44.6-point game against Houston, Davante Adams almost won the week by himself. With the Bills’ defense and T.J. Hockenson both excelling as well, combined with the cakewalk matchup, that allowed for the rest of his team to struggle and cause no problems.
His trio of RBs could all easily have big games, Adams and Patrick Mahomes both face excellent matchups, and this should all make for a favorable contest this week against Happy Golladays.
No. 4: Hannah’s Bananas (5-2) — Hannah Yoshinaga [Last Week: 5]
Added: Cowboys D/ST (Free Agency, later dropped), WR Corey Davis (Free Agency), RB JaMaycal Hasty (Waivers), QB Derek Carr (Waivers),
Dropped: RB Matt Breida (Waivers), QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Waivers), WR Curtis Samuel (Waivers)
Hannah’s team returned to the high level of performance that her team put up initially by nearly reaching 150 points last week. With A.J. Brown and Diontae Johnson both returning and going off, along with strong games from Julio Jones, Matthew Stafford, and Antonio Gibson, her team kept pace with D-Hop’s Pancakes for the league’s second-best record.
Now those two teams are set for a faceoff this week. With tough matchups for nearly her whole team, Hannah’s team will need to get through this week, and then she’ll likely get star RB and No. 1 draft pick Christian McCaffrey back.
No. 3: The Phillips Heads (4-3) — Joe Pohoryles [Last Week: 2]
Added: RB Latavius Murray (Free Agency, later dropped), RB Jeremy McNichols (Free Agency, later dropped), RB Giovanni Bernard (Free Agency), RB Jamaal Williams (Free Agency), RB Carlos Hyde (Waivers)
Dropped: RB Adrian Peterson (Waivers), TE Robert Tonyan (Waivers)
Joe’s team did pick up another win by taking down Happy Golladays, but it was not a strong week for his team. Russell Wilson, Jamaal Williams and the Chiefs’ defense all played incredibly well in fantasy terms to carry the load. This made up for rough weeks for Derrick Henry, Chris Carson, Jonnu Smith, and D.K. Metcalf. The second-year WR got more yards tackling Budda Baker than when catching passes from Russ.
Nevertheless, he’s 4-3 and keeps on winning. With everyone back in the lineup this week, plus the insertions of Justin Jefferson and Giovanni Bernard, Joe’s team should return to 130+ points once again.
No. 2: D-Hop’s Pancakes (5-2) — Brady Gardner [Last Week: 3]
Added: Saints D/ST (Free Agency), WR Brandon Aiyuk (Free Agency), RB Todd Gurley II (Trade)
Dropped: Giants D/ST (Waivers), WR Laviska Shenault Jr. (Waivers), RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Trade), RB Leonard Fournette (Trade)
Brady’s team finally handed Senior on J.V. its first loss of the season. Thanks to double-digit games from literally everyone but his defense, including 20+ point games from his titular star wideout and Chris Godwin, Brady’s team capitalized on Chad’s team having no Aaron Jones and losing Odell Beckham Jr.
This week presents an intriguing matchup with Hannah’s Bananas, with every player on his team facing an easy opposing defense. However, trading Clyde Edwards-Helaire (the second trade involving the rookie RB this year) and Leonard Fournette is a puzzling move that we have to see play out. With all that in mind, there may be a new No. 1 team for the first time in weeks next week. However for week 8, Brady’s team returns to No. 2.
No. 1: Senior on J.V. (6-1) — Chad Jones [Last Week: 1]
Added: RB Kenyan Drake (Trade), WR Jerry Jeudy (Trade), Washington D/ST (Waivers)
Dropped: TE Austin Hooper (Waivers), RB David Montgomery (Trade), K Graham Gano (Waivers)
Chad’s team took its first loss of the season against D-Hop’s Pancakes. However, that may be attributed to not having Aaron Jones, OBJ being hurt, and Hunter Henry getting little activity in Justin Herbert’s big game. Jones returns from an injury this week, but it will be a test to see how well he performs and how much work he gets with Davante Adams also being healthy.
Additionally: the acquisition of Kenyan Drake appears to be a mistake. Chad is taking a calculated risk with starting Joe Burrow, and Deebo Samuel is injured again. All told, Chad’s team remains projected for over 130 points this week. However, his continued reign at the No. 1 spot now depends greatly on both his and D-Hop’s Pancakes’ performances this week.